As most of you know I often use my photos in my work. I love roses and have many gorgeous shots of them, but hands down My favourite rose is yellow. One of the things I do for me is make a desk calendar every month using a photo from my digital stash. I have been known to use digital textures and overlays. This past March I used a lovely open bloom with an overlay from French Kiss and I liked it so much that when the month was done I decided to try to print it out on cotton and see what I might do with it.
Well it sat for a while then I thought I would try some hand embroidery starting with the overlay which had a lovely dragon fly. Then I carried on to do some of the blossoms . Then I got carried away with my box of colourful threads and stem stitched my way around the outline of the rose, and added some scattered seed stitch to the centre of the rose to add some texture and some shadow definition.
That is where I was last week and this week I was doing the backing and the frame. I have long wondered why we who do textile work still end up making pieces square. If it is a quilt yes… necessary but if it is for a wall why does it have to be square. I always like cloth hangings just as cloth if they are professionally framed I prefer that they not be under glass. So I played around with some things and this is the result.
The two ribbons still have to be completely sewn down but I like the shape of the piece a lot.
and here’s a detail of the embroidery.